Private Eye Richard Diamond (played to the hilt by Dick Powell) brings all his dry wit and charm to this fantastic story. Hired to help the son of a parole board member who believes he murdered a man, Diamond jokes and punches his way through murder that may not be and potential blackmail. This story has all the staples of a good Diamond episode, including the song at the end, but the tale itself is the star. It proves so strong that Blake Edwards, the scribe of 'Richard Diamond' brought it to TV almost verbatim in an episode of "Peter Gunn!" Find 'A Man With a Scar' on 'Richard Diamond Private Detective, Volume 1 for $29.98 at Radio Archives!
Each of these timeless tales takes us to a different zone of terror, whether in a faraway land, or in a hidden pocket of the past. They strum chords in us we hardly suspect exist. They evoke our deepest fears as a kind of eerie wonder. And they whisper to our innermost souls that the reality we in which we dwell may be only one of many interpenetrating realms where mankind coexists in blind, uneasy ignorance….
First, in A. Merritt’s haunting “The Moon Pool,” we journey to the South Seas, where a moonlit pool hidden among the ruins of an ancient civilization conceals an inhabitant not of this Earth. “The Moon Pool,” is narrated by Joey D’Auria.
“The House and the Brain,” also known as “The Haunted and the Haunters” by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, explores the haunted house genre in a seminal story that inspired countless imitators. As you will hear, this is no ordinary ghost story. “The House and the Brain” is read by Doug Stone.
H. P. Lovecraft next takes us to Ireland for “The Moon-Bog,” one of his earliest eerie tales. “The Moon-Bog,” is told by Joey D’Auria.
Is “The Great God Pan” loose in the Welsh countryside? If so, what deviltry is he committing? Arthur Machen’s classic tale reveals the horrific answer. “The Great God Pan” is recounted by John Shelton.
Finally, H. P. Lovecraft returns us to our lunar theme in “What the Moon Brings,” voiced by Joey D’Auria.
But anyway you choose to listen to it, you'll have a rollercoaster of a listen. The action takes place in wildly different settings such as San Francisco, an ocean liner, and the deepest, most forbidden jungles of Cambodia which adds that international flavor I do so love in Doc Savage adventures. Unlike other pulp heroes, Doc's turf is the entire world and I enjoy reading or in this case, listening to Doc Savage adventures that reflect this aspect of The Man of Bronze.
An added treat is that we get Doc's spitfire cousin, Pat Savage in on this adventure, along with Monk and Ham. And this audiobook has one of the most bizarre and formidable villains Doc has ever faced: Quon, The Jade Ogre who strikes out to slay his victims with disembodied flying arms. And no, it doesn't sound as ridiculous as it reads. In fact, The Jade Ogre gives Doc some of the roughest, most difficult challenges in his entire career.
Michael McConnohie is without a doubt the star of the show and I mean this most sincerely. Due to the unusual length of The Jade Ogre, there are quite naturally more characters to voice and Mr. McConnohie performs these different characters with his usual skill and professionalism. It never fails to amaze me how one person can perform so many different characters and make them all sound totally different from each other.
The Jade Ogre is quite simply an epic that I am glad was done in an unabridged form. Don't let the length scare you away. If you're a fan of Doc Savage or of Radio Archives' marvelous pulp audiobooks then this is one you can't pass by. The Jade Ogre for only $37.98 from Radio Archives today!
Where does fantasy end and horror begin? Is there beauty in terror? Does horror possess a spiritual dimension? In these five classic tales written by acknowledged masters of the supernatural, these disturbing questions are explored…but not fully answered.
In his famous essay, “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” horror master H. P. Lovecraft singled out several novelettes as classics. Lovecraft, the 20th century’s greatest practitioner of his craft, was widely read and had impeccable taste in the literature of the fantasy and the supernatural. We’ve collected some of the most memorable of those stories Lovecraft praised for The Moon Pool and other Wonders.